Our People

Clare Richards

Clare Richards grew up in Cornwall and learned  the piano, the violin and the viola. She went to the RNCM and studied viola with Christopher Balmer, Roger Bigley and Alex Robertson. After graduating from college, Clare stayed on in Manchester to pursue a career playing and teaching the violin, viola, and piano. She moved to Burley in 1999 and has built up a thriving teaching practice. In 2004, she took a year’s lessons with Peter Maslin and gained a violin diploma with distinction. She has played violin and viola with the Kelsey Quartet, the Sinfonia of Leeds, and Skipton Camerata and was the leader of Otley Chamber Orchestra. Clare is married and has two children.

David Greed

David Greed studied at the Royal College of Music in London. In 1978 he was appointed Leader of the newly formed Orchestra of Opera North becoming the youngest leader in the country. He has appeared regularly as a soloist, both with the Opera North Orchestra and with other orchestras throughout the region. He has performed the Sibelius, Elgar, Bruch, Mendelssohn and Barber concertos with the Orchestra of O.N. He has appeared as guest Leader with many orchestras - The Philharmonia, City of Birmingham, National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic, Halle, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Royal Opera House, Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Irish Chamber, Guildford Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Northern Chamber Orchestra and English National Ballet. He led the Orchestra of the Royal Opera on a concert tour of the U.S.A. David is the Principal Conductor and Music Director of the Sinfonia of Leeds. He also holds the position of Principal Conductor of the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, Middlesborough, and has conducted the Helix Ensemble, the City of Leeds Youth Orchestra, and at the Royal Northern College and Chetham's School, Manchester. David has also made visits to the State of Kazakhstan and has held the position of Principal Guest Conductor with its National Symphony Orchestra. He coaches violin and holds masterclass sessions for the National Youth Orchestra violin sections.